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Public Land Survey Marks
Description:
Waymark all Public Land Survey System (PLSS) marks used to define property and public land divisions throughout the world.
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Waymark all Public Land Survey System (PLSS) marks used to define property and public land divisions throughout the world.

There is a new tool for Google Earth for mapping out the PLSS here is the link

PLSS in Google Earth

These are comprised of private survey marks, local government survey marks, boundary poles, private property lines, cairns, rock paint marks, notched boulders, and many more. They can commonly be found defining townships, subdivisions of townships, park boundaries, federal property boundaries, etc.

This category can also include boundary marks and survey marks accomplished by private survey companies used in redefining property lines and construction projects.

If you find a USGS benchmark, then please file it in the US Benchmarks category or other appropriate benchmark category.

More information of survey marks can be found at: PLSS in Wikipedia

Here are pictures and diagrams of what some of these marks look like:

The above plaque is for townshipping. This metal map is divided into 6x6, 1 mile squares; thus the 36 sections of a township. The nail or remaining hole shows you where you are in the township. There is almost always a stone monument near this:

Above is one of the PLSS monuments. In some cases benchmarks have been or are being placed at these stone monuments.

The smallest the plaques will be divided is a 1/16 corner; that is 1/16 of a 1 mile section; or 40 acre corners which equals .250 miles. Private surveyors usually make the smaller ones.

Next to this monument is usually a bearing tree and witness tree (or two witness trees), or even a sign. Scars on the trees will indicate bearing. Here is a witness post:

Here are diagrams of scared trees:

 

There are also several different ways corner marks are represented. These can be chiseled rocks, painted marks, ribbons, wooden posts, cairns, and more:

 

Instructions for Posting a Public Land Survey Marks Waymark:
Post a close up picture of the survey mark. Also post at least one picture of the area giving reference to where the mark is in the immediate area. No GPS photos in the waymark description/photos. Please provide detailed information regarding its location and any specifics of the land it is defining.
Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
Please submit a photo(s) taken by you of your visit to the location (non-copyrighted photos only). GPS photos are also accepted with the location in the background, and old vacation photos are accepted. If you are not able to provide a photo, then please describe your visit or give a story about the visit. If you have additional information about the survey mark which is not listed in the waymark description, please notify the waymark owner to have it added, and please post the information in your visit log.
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Public Land Survey MarksUSF&W SEC16 T47N R2E MC3 #15 - Siskiyou County, CA

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This section corner is located near the junction to Dorris Brownell Rd/Lower Klamath Lake Rd and borders the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge in Siskiyou County, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member thebeav69

location: California

date approved: 11/21/2014

last visited: never

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This section corner is located near the junction to Dorris Brownell Rd/Lower Klamath Lake Rd and borders the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge in Siskiyou County, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member thebeav69

location: California

date approved: 11/21/2014

last visited: never

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This section corner is located along Dorris Brownell Rd/Lower Klamath Lake Rd and borders the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge in Siskiyou County, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member thebeav69

location: California

date approved: 11/21/2014

last visited: never

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Public Land Survey MarksBeginning Point of the U.S. Public Land Survey - East Liverpool, OH/Beaver Co., PA

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A 'Witness Monument' placed at the Ohio/Pennsylvania border commemorating the spot 1112 feet South which served as the starting point of the 'western lands' eventually stretching to the West Coast.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Ernmark

location: Ohio

date approved: 11/10/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS standard corner set by USDA-Forest Service, Raymond E. Oman in 1983; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 1375

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 11/9/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS standard quarter corner set by USDA-Forest Service, Fred A. Ast, Jr. & Associates in 1991; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 1175

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 11/9/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS closing corner set by USDA-Forest Service, Fred A. Ast, Jr. & Associates in 1991; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 0951

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 11/6/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS standard corner set by USDA-Forest Service, Raymond E. Oman in 1983; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 0975

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 11/6/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS standard quarter corner set by USDA-Forest Service, Richard Clark in 1984; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 0775

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 11/6/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS quarter corner set by USDA-Forest Service, Richard Clark in 1984; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 0553

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 11/6/2014

last visited: never

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Public Land Survey Marks[T15S R10E S32] T16S R10E S5 6 CC COR - Deschutes County, OR

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PLSS closing corner set by USDA-Forest Service, Richard Clark in 1984; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 0551

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 11/6/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS standard corner set by USDA-Forest Service, Richard Clark in 1984; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 0575

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 11/4/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS closing quarter corner set by Deschutes County Surveyors Office, Fred A. Ast, Jr. & Associates in 1988; Oregon Corner Restoration Record, Index File No. 0898

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 11/4/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS standard quarter corner set by USDA-Forest Service, Richard Clark in 1984; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 0375

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 11/4/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS closing corner set by USDA-Forest Service, Richard Clark in 1984; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 0151

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 11/3/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS quarter corner set by USDA-Forest Service, Raymond E. Oman in 1983; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 0153

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 11/3/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS section corner set by USDA-Forest Service, Raymond E. Oman in 1983; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 0155

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 11/3/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS quarter corner set by Deschutes County Surveyors Office, Fred A. Ast, Jr. & Associates in 1988; Oregon Corner Restoration Record, Index File No. 0987

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 11/3/2014

last visited: never

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This Public Land Survey Mark is on Hwy 2, 1.6 km east of Hwy 424 near Starbuck, Manitoba.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Peter and Gloria

location: Manitoba, Canada

date approved: 10/21/2014

last visited: 11/9/2014

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PLSS quarter corner set by USDA-Forest Service, William B. Ham in 2004

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 10/15/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS section corner set by USDA-Forest Service, William B. Ham in 2002

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 10/15/2014

last visited: never

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Public Land Survey MarksT17S R9E S34 35 T18S R9E S3 2 COR - Deschutes Country, OR

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PLSS section corner set by USDA-Forest Service, William B. Ham in 2003

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 10/15/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS quarter corner set by David Evans and Associates, Inc., David K. Bateman in 1996

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 10/14/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS section corner set by USDA-Forest Service, Walter F. Miller in 1998; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 0575

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 10/14/2014

last visited: never

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PLSS quarter corner set by USDA-Forest Service, Walter F. Miller in 2000; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 0573

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 10/14/2014

last visited: never

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